Without Walls works with partners in the sector to help organisations at all stages of development to solve pressing challenges, maximize opportunities, and plan for the future.
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a devastating impact on our cultural sector, with the ongoing closure of theatres and venues having repercussions across all arts and creative industries.
We stand together with artists, venues, theatres and other practitioners and ask that Government intervenes now to secure the future of the UK’s arts and culture sector and the livelihood of those working in it.
We recognise the need to work together; if any venues want to talk to us about the practicalities of working in public spaces or outdoors, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Catherine Mitchell, Director North from Arts Council England
"I’m delighted that we’re supporting the Without Walls Blueprint 2020 programme for Outdoors Arts. It is great to see such a broad range of artists developing ideas, particularly those reimagining their practice in outdoor public spaces for the first time. This continued investment in R&D is a good example of how our NPO funding benefits the whole sector, by allowing organisations in the portfolio the time and resources to advance their thinking and ideas. I’m excited to see how this fantastic selection of artists will explore these pressing issues and convey them to audiences in creative and inspiring ways!"
Josephine Burns, Chair of Without Walls
"Without Walls passionately believe that nurturing talent to stimulate new work is more important than ever and a vital tool to support the recovery of the cultural sector and our towns and cities across the land. With support from Arts Council England, we can use this investment to make sure that there is a future for Outdoor Arts, a form that uniquely reaches people in the places they call home and brings joy and comfort in an experienced shared."
Charlotte Bowen, Director, The Culture House
We are currently developing this concept in order to champion local creative talent alongside supporting development through a range of workshops and other opportunities including collaborative projects and performances.
Lyn Gardner, The Guardian
“Despite the local authority cuts of recent years, I’ve witnessed a significant increase in the quality of outdoor arts, and also in its scope and willingness to offer considerably more than just eye candy. Just as its close cousin, circus, is increasingly redefining and pushing the boundaries of the art form, so street arts are reimagining what they can do, where and how. The rise in quality – in part driven by the Without Walls commissions – goes hand in hand with a rise in audiences.”
Karl Greenwood, Former Director of Appetite Stoke
“Appetite has been cited as a major reason for Stoke-on-Trent going for UK City of Culture 2021. I think the quality of the shows and the links to Without Walls has been a major part in this.”